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MINUTES 



OP THE 



Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 
Association 

1915 




ELDER. J. F. MILLS, Moderator, Marsh ville, N. C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk, Marshville, N. C. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 
Association 

Spring and fall Sessions 



ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator, Marshville, N. C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk, Marshville, N. C. . 



Thirty -first Spring Session held with the Church ? at 
Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina, commencirig oii 
Saturday before the first Sunday in May, 1915. , ^ y . - 

Also of the Eighty-fourth Annual Fair Session held, witii 
the Church at Howard's Chapel, Stanly County, North Car- 
ojina, commencing on Saturday before first Sunday in Ofi- 
tober, 1915. ' " ' " -■■ : y . ^. ■ 





PROCEEDINGS. 



Albemarle Church, Stanly County, N. C, May 1, 1915. 

Assembled at the stand in the grove at 10 :30 A. M., and 
after singing and prayer the introductory sermon was 
preached from 2nd verse of 3rd chapter of Matthew, by 
Elder J. A. Ashburn from Winston, N. C. 

Intermission of one hour, then the ministers and mes- 
sengers present assembled in the dwelling house of our 
friend, Mr. Howard, so that the people could occupy the 
meeting house on account of rain. Praise and prayer by 
Elder W. R. Helms. The moderator then proceeded as 
follows : 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches. 
They were presented and read by Brother H. M. Baucom, 
assistant clerk. 

2. Again appointed Elder J. P. Mills moderator and 
J. W. Jones clerk. 

3. Invited visiting messengers from sister Associations 
to seats. Elder C. A. Davis, of Salem, and Brothers Tommie 
Brown, of Mill Branch, and Solomon Snyder, of Abbotts 
Creek, took seats. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister Associations to 
seats. Elders J. A. Ashburn, Samuel McMillon and Brother 
T. J. Green, of Salem, and Brother J. W. Brown, of Mill 
Branch, and Elder W. T. Broadway and Brothers A. L. 
Owen, Charlie Owen, H. E. Walser, J. B. Hulin, Monroe 
Williams, A, N. Surratt, Jacob Morgan and Charlie Mor- 
gan, of Abbotts Cre^k, also Brother J. M. Dennis, of Greens- 
boro, were present and seated. 

5. Appointed on committee of arrangement the follow- 
ing: Elders Henrj Taylor, J. E. Williams and Brother 
Fulton Curlee, with moderator and clerk. 

6. That Elders C. A. Davis, J. A. Ashburn, W. T. Broad- 
way and Samuel McMillon preach on tomorrow, service to 
commence at 10 o'clock A. M. 

7. Adourned to 9;30 A, M. Monday. Benediction by; 
the moderator. 

Preaching at the stand in the afternoon by Elders C. A. 
Davis and Samuel McMillon. 



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SUNDAY, MAY 2 



Assembled at the stand at 10 A. M. and service opened 
with iDraise and prayer by Polder J. E. AVillianis. Then Elder 
J. A. Ashbiirn preached from 29th verse of 11th chaptei- of 
Romans, followed l)y P]lder C. A. Davis from 3rd verse of 
1st chapter of 1st Corinthians. 

Intermission one hour. 

Then preaching service continued by Elder Samuel ]\Ic- 
Millon from 8th verse of 2nd chapter of Ephesians and 
closed by Elder W. T. Broadaway from 9th verse of 2nd 
Timothy. The preaching was truly good and listened to 
hy a large and attentive audience. 



MONDAY MORNING, MAY 3. 

Reconvened pursuant to adjournment at 9 :30 A. M. 

8. Called on arrangement committee to report. Report 
read and adopted. 

9. Called names of messengers and noted absentees. 

10. Called on corresponding messengers to sister Asso- 
ciations to report. None reported. 

11. Called on corresponding messengers from sister As- 
sociations to report. Reports were satisfactory. 

12. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder J. E. Wil- 
liams reported that he and Elder W. R. Helms formed a 
presbytery on Saturday before the fifth Sunday in January, 
1915, at Concord and ordained Brother E. S. Clontz a deacon 
of the church. 

13. The Association agrees to withdraw the request 
made to High Hill and Broom's Grove churches last fall 
and now request Broom's Grove church to reconsider her 
attitude toward High Hill and try to become reconciled to 
High Hill. 

14. That we return thanks to God, the members of this 
church and friends of the community, for such kindness and 
hospitality during the meeting. > 

15. Adjourned to time and place named in last minutes. 
Benediction by the moderator. 

Elders C. A. Davis and B. L. Treece preached to the peo- 
ple at the stand Monday. 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator. 

J. W. JONES, Clerk. 

H. M. BAUCOM, Assistant Clerk. 



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SPEING SESSION 1915. 



CHURCHES AND NAMES OF MESSENGERS. 

Albemarle — D. B. Howard, W. H. Hinson. 
Bear Creek — Elder J. E. Williams, Aaron Furr, A. J. 
Furr. 

Bethany — By Letter. 

Broom's Grove — E. S. Huneycutt, T. M. Broom, Elder 
H. M. Williams. 

Concord — Elder W. R. Helms, E. S. Clontz. 

Clark's Grove S. B. Tucker, J. L. Helms, E. Barbee. 

Crooked Creek H. M: Greene, H: E. Rowell, W. D. Ben- 
ton. 

Freedom — A. J. Deese. 

High Hill_D. S. Jones, J. J. Hill, *H. W. Clontz. 
High Ridge— *J. B. Medlin, J. P. Rushing, S. Edwards. 
Howard's Chapel — P. A. Howard, R. B. Burrus, J. A. 
Hinson. 

Jerusalem-^W. A. Helms, T. F.^ Mills, E. W. Helms 

Jones Hill A. A. Morton, W. H. Howard, *J. S. Little. 

Liberty Elder H. Taylor, *Oscar Broom, *J. B. Whit- 
ley. 

Liberty Hill_R. T. Burrus, C. W. Safley, W. H. Hun- 
eycutt. 

Lawyer's Spring — J. W. Jones, F. A. Preslar, C. B. Ed- 
wards. 

Meadow Creek D. M. Hathcock, *J. A. Barbee, *B. 

,Hunicutt. 

Mountain Creek — A Vanhoy, J. E. Russell, J. C. Miller. 

New Zion S. M. Underwood, W. A. Helms, JW. Coley. . 

Pleasant Hill H. P. Cashion, *J. H. Lee, L. B. Lee. 

Pleasant Grove Elder J. F. Mills, *J. S. Thomas, T. A. 

Helms. ' " ■ ■ 

Philadelphia — By Letter. 

Running Creek G. M. Tucker, W. H. Hatley, J. H. Mc- 

Clure. 

Union Grove— *A. E. Little, T. F. Hill, *C. S. Medlin. 
Watson— *S. L. Mullis, E. C. Williams, Joel Mullis. 
Wadesboro *W. D. Edwards, W. A. Dry. 



Absentees marked thus: *. 

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FALL SESSION 1915. 



Howard's Chapel Church, 

Stanly County, N. C, October 2, 1915. 

Assembled around the stand in the grove at 11 o'clock 
A. M., and after praise and prayer the introductory sermon 
was preached by Elder W. R. Gallimore, a visitor, from text 
found in 3rd verse of 3rd chapter of St. John. 

Intermission one hour. 

Then the ministers and Messengers present convened in 
the church house. Praise and prayer service conducted by 
Elder Henry Taylor. 

Then the moderator resumed his seat and called business 
in the following order: 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches. 
These were handed in and read by Brother H. M. Baucom, 
the assistant clerk. 

2. Re-elected Elder J. F. Mills moderator and J. W. 
Jones clerk. 

The clerk then again chose Brother H. M. Baucora to 
actively serve as assistant clerk. 

■ 3. Invited visiting messengers from sister Associations 
to seats. Eld6r W. R. Gallimore, of Abbotts Creek, was 
present and seated. 

4. Invited visiting brethren from sister Associations to 
seats. Brother H. Monsees, also of Abbotts Creek, was pres- 
ent and seated. Also received minutes from Center, Moun- 
tain District, Mill Branch and Abbotts Creek Associations. 

5. Appointed a committee of arrangements as follows: 
H. M. Baucom, P. A. Howard, . L. Mullis and moderator 
and clerk. 

6. Appointed on finance committee Brothers J. E. Rus- 
sell and S. B. Tucker. 

7. That we have four sermons at the stand Sunday in 
the order, the ministers present^ may arrange, and service 
to commence at 10 A. M. 

8. Adjourned to 10 o'clock Monday morning. Benedic- 
tion by the moderator. 

Preaching service at the stand Saturday evening by El- 
ders B. L. Treece and Henry Taylor. 



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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3. . 

There was an immense congregation of people present 
and Elders J. F. Mills and W. R. Gallimore preached before 
noon. Intermission one hour and then Elders Henry Tay- 
lor and B. L. Treece preached. Texts unknown to clerk. 
These services were most cheering and edifying to those 
present and we believe the true Gospel was preached and 
appreciated. 



MONDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 4. 

The Association re-convened in the house, pursuant to 
adjournment. Praise and prayer by Brother D. S. Jones. 
Then the moderator resumed his seat. 

9. Called on committee of arrangements to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

10. Called roll of messengers and noted absentees. 

11. Called on corresponding messengers to sister Asso- 
ciations to report. None attended, and were excused. 

12. Called on corresponding messengers from sister As- 
sociations to report. Elder W. R. Gallimore reported Ab- 
botts Creek in peace. (Minutes received from sister Asso- 
ciations as already noted.) 

13. That we continue correspondence with sister Asso- 
ciations as follows : 

To Abbotts Creek — Elder Henry Taylor, Bro. W. E. 
Williams and file of minutes. 

To Mill Branch — Elder J. F. Mills and file of minutes. 

To Center — Elder H. Taylor and file of minutes. 

To Mountain District — Elder H. Taylor and file of min- 
utes. 

To Silver Creek — File of minutes. 
To Salem — File of minutes. 

14. Called on Presbyteries to report. The moderator. 
Elder Mills reported that he and Elder W. T. Broadway 
and Deacon E. C. Jones formed a presbytery on Saturday 
before first Sunday in July, 1915, at Lawyers Spring and 
ordained Brother J. W. Jones a deacon of the church. 

15. Finance committee, reported sent up by the churches 

this year for Assoeiational purposes $32.20 

16. Treasurer reports due clerk from last year .80 



Funds now available $31.40 



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17. That the next Spring Session of this Association be 
held with the church at Union Grove, Union County, N. C, 
commencing on Saturday before first Sunday in May, 1916, 
and we appoint Elder Robert Helms to preach the intro- 
ductory sermon and Elder J. E. Williams his alternate, 
and that the Annual Fall Session be held with the church 
at Pleasant Grove, Union County, N. C, and commence on 
Saturday before first Sunday in October, 1916. We appoint 
Elder Henry Taylor to preach the introductory sermon with 
Elder B. L. Treece as his alternate. 

18. That the clerk have notices of above sessions pub- 
lished in the Landmark and Primitive Baptist. 

19. That the clerk superintend the printing and distribu- 
tion of 900 copies of these minutes and that we give him 
eight dollars for ^rvices this year. 

20. That we return thanks to God, this church and 
friends of the vicinity for their hospitality during this 
meeting. 

21. Adjourned to times and places mentioned above in 
these minutes. 

Benediction by the moderator. 

ELDER J. F. MILLS, Moderator, R. 1, Marshville, N. C. 

J. W. JONES, Clerk, R. 1, Marshville, N. C. 

H. M. BAUCOM, Asst. Clerk, R. 1, Peachland, N. C. 



Monday, preaching at the stand by Elders W. R. Galli- 
more and B. L. Treece. Thus ends a most pleasant meeting. 



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NAMES OF MESSENGERS. 



Fall Session 1915. 

Albemarle — D. B. Howard, W. H. Hinson, 

Bear Creek — Aaron Furr, J. A. Barbee, A. J. Furr. 

Bethany — By Letter. 

Broom's Grove — E. S. Hunnicutt, T. M. Broom, W. E. Williams. 
Concord— Elder W. R. Helms, E. S. Clontz. 
Clark's Grove— S. B. Tucker, E. Barbee, J. L. IJelms. 
Crooked Creek — J. M. Austin, H. E. Rowell, W. D. Benton. 
Freedom — A. J. Deese. 

High Hiill— J. J. Hill, D. S. Jones, W. M. Clontz. 
High Ridge — J. P. Rushing, Lonnie Thomas, J. B. Medlin. 
Hovi^ard's Chapel — P. A. Howard, J. S. Curlee, Henry Carpenter. 
Jerusalem — J. W. Godwin, W. E. Helms, T. F. Mills. 
Jones Hill — J. S. Little, Jona Morton, Fulton Curlee. 
Liberty— Elder H. Taylor, D. S. Outen, Oscar Broom. 
Liberty Hill— W. H. Huneycutt, R. T. Burris, C. W. Safley. 
Lawyer's Spring — ^R. F. Tyson, F. A. Preslar, C. B. Edwards. 
Meadow Creek — D. M. Hathcock, J. A. Barbee, B. Huneycutt. 
Mountain Creek — J. C. Miller, J. E. Russell, W. R. Morton. 
New Zion— *S. M. Underwood, * William Coley, *W. A. Helms. 
Pleasant Hill — H. P. Cashion^ Sam Rimmer, *J. H. Lee. 
Pleasant Grove — Elder J. F. Mills, J- S. Thomas, *T. A. Helms. 
Philadelphia — *Foster Beam, *F. N. Gardner, *Julius Beam. 
Running Creek— J. H. McClure, W. M. Almond, W. H. Hatley. 
Union Grove— T. F. Hill, A. E. Little, C. S. Medlin. 
Watson-nS. L. Mullis, E. C. Williams, Joel Mullis. 
Wadesboro — W. A. Dry, *W. D. Edwards. 
Absentees marked thus: *. 



ARTICLES OF FAITH. 

Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being the first of 
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfection in 
nature, providence, grace and glory, and in relative union 
with the divine Word, and thus united with the whole 
Trinity. 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and 
New Testaments contain the only written revealed word of 
God, and are the only perfect rule of faith and practice for 

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God's church in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe the doctrine of Election, that God 
chose his church in Christ Jesus before the world began. 

5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by transgres- 
sion in Adam, their federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of Original Sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recover 
himself from his fallen state by his own free will and abilitj^ 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his righteous- 
ness only. 

Art. 9. We believe that God's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 
grace and never finally fall away. 

x\rt. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper 
are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that belie veers 
alone are the subjects of baptism and the only proper com- 
municants of the supper, that the mode of baptism is immer- 
sion, and that neither of the ordinances is to be altered or 
changed by the inventions or opinions of men. 

Art. 12. We believe that no man as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of the 
gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the gospel, 
regularly baptized, called of God and have come under the 
imposition of hands by a regular presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both 
the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wicked 
will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eternal. 



RULES OF DECORUM. 

1st. A Moderator, or Chief Speaker, and Clerk may be 
chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take his seat 
at the hour to which the Association shall be adjourned, and 
after prayer shall proceed to business. It shall be his duty 
to keep order, and shall be entitled to the same privilege of 
speech as that of another; provided he appoint one of the 
members to fill the chair during the exercise of such privi- 
lege, and in no case shall give a vote luiless the Association 
be equally divided. 



3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a 
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the Chief 
Speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking 
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, and 
shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the subject, 
and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, s^o as to 
make remarks on his slips and failings and imperfections, 
but shall fairly give his own views of the case without soph- 
istry or criticism. 

4th. No person shall speak more than three times on 
one subject without leave of the Association. 

5th. No person shall absent himself from the Associa- 
tion without leave. 

6th. No member of the Association shall address any 
other member by any other term or name than that of 
brother. 

7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not inter- 
rupt one member to prohibit him from speaking until his 
speech is finished, except he break the Rules of Decorum. 

8th. The names of all the members of this Association 
shell be enrolled by the Clerk, and be called over as often 
as the Association may require. 

Any member who shall willingly or knowingly break 
or violate any of the foregoing rules of this Association, 
shall be reproved by the Association in any way they may 
think proper. 



FORM OF GOVERNMENT. 



Or Constitution of the Bear Creek Primitive Baptist Asso- 
ciation, which was Adopted in the Date of A. D. 
1832, and has been in Vogue Ever Since. 

1st. The Association shall be composed of members duly 
chosen by the different churches in our union and sent to 
represent them in the Association, who producing letters 
from their respective churches certifying to their appoint- 
ment, shall be entitled to a seat. 

2nd. In the letters from the different churches, shall 
be expressed their members in full fellowship, those bap- 
tized, received by letter, excommunicated, restored, and 
dead since the last Association. 

3rd. The members thus chosen and convened shall be 
denominated the Bear Creek Association, who shall have no 

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power to lord it over God's heritage, nor have any ecclesi- 
astical power to infringe on the internal rights of the 
church, nevertheless in some cases, it becomes necessary to 
have some uniform rule of proceeding, viz. : When an of- 
fense may be committed by one church against another, we 
advise the church so offended to labor with the offender 
for satisfaction, and if she fails of success, she may call in 
the aid of two or more churches in the union to assist in the 
labors, and if finally, satisfaction in the opinion of the helps 
cannot be obtained, then the aggrieved church may bring 
the case before the Association, whose duty it shall be to act 
on it ; and also, when any serious difference may arise, in 
any individual church, which they all, after due labor had, 
cannot reconcile, we advise the church then to call in the 
aid of two or more churches in the union to assist in the 
work; and if no satisfaction can be had, it may be brought 
before the Association, who shall act on it, and to further 
illustrate the mode of proceeding in the above cases, refer- 
ence shall be had in the 18th chapter of the Gospel by Mat- 
thcAV and other Scripture, which respect discipline for the 
bringing to trial, and determining on the case of an indi- 
vidual member in an individual church, and the Association 
will take cognizance of no case of the kind unless the above 
proceeding be had thereon. 

4th. The Association when convened shall be governed 
by a regular and proper Decorum, which they are author- 
ized to form for themselves. 

5th. The Association shall appoint a Chief Speaker, or 
Moderator, from amon^ themselves for the time being, 
whose duty it shall be to see that the Hules of Decorum shall 
be attended to, take the opinion of the Association on all 
questions properly brought before them; and a Clerk shall 
be appointed by the Association, whose duty it shall be to 
fake a correct minute of the proceedings of the Association, 
keep a regular file of the minutes, who shall be at liberty 
to choose his assistant. 

6th. New churches may be admitted into this union, 
who shall petition by letter, and delegate or delegates on 
examination, if found orthodox and orderly may be receiv- 
ed and may be manifested by the Chief Speaker or Moder- 
ator giving the right hand of fellowship to the delegate or 
delegates. 

7. Every church or delegate shall be entitled to repre- 



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sentation in the Association, but shall not have more than 
three members from a church. 

8th. Any query presented to the Association by any 
church in the union shall be read, on which the sense of the 
Asoeiation shall be taken, whether it be considered, and if 
there be a majority for taking into consideration it shall be 
examined, otherwise it shall be withdrawn, nevertheless no 
query except such as relate to the general union shall be 
received from any church which has not been deliberately 
considered in the church in which it originated and which 
they cannot get satisfaction. 

9th. Every motion made in order and seconded, shall 
come tinder the consideration of the Association unless it be 
withdrawn by the person who made it together with his 
second. 

10th. he Association shall endeavor to furnish the 
churches with minutes of the proceedings, and in order to 
enable them to do it in the most convenient manner it is rec- 
ommended that the churches should contribute such sums of 
money as they think proper and send hy their messengers, 
which, when received, shall be put into the hands of the 
Treasurer appointed for that purpose, and shall be dis- 
tributed as the Association may direct for the benefit of 
the churches. 

11th. Presbyteries for the purpose of constituting 
churches, or acting in conjunction with the churches, in or- 
daining ministers or restoring those whose gifts have been 
suspended by excommunication to their former function, 
shall be composed of two or more ministers in the union. 

12th. The Association shall provide for the general 
union of the churches, preserve the chain of communication 
among them, give them advice in matters of difficulties, 
enquire into the causes why ?iny churches fail to represent 
themselves in the Association, appropriate the money sent 
by the churches for Associational fund to any purpose they 
may think proper or necessary for the benefit of the 
churches, and appoint any member or members of the Asso- 
ciation with his or their consent to transact any business for 
the benefit of the union which they think proper. 

13th. The Association may withdraw from any church 
or churches that are disorderly in principle or practice. 

14th. The Asoeiation may, at its sitting, admit any dis- 
tant brethren, whose principles accord with theirs, to sit 



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with them, who shall be at liberty to discourse upon auy 
question, and give his light, but not permitted to vote ex- 
cept touching the general union. 

15th. All questions should l)e determined by a majority 
of members present, except in the reception of churches, 
which should be unanimous. 

16th. Two-thirds of the members form a quorum to do 
business. 

17th. Amendments may be made to this form of gov- 
ernment and to this constitution — a majority of the mem- 
bers being present. 

18th. The minutes of this Association shall be read and 
corrected, if need be, and signed bl the Chief Speaker and 
Clerk. 

19th. . The Asociation may adjourn to any time and 
place they may think proper. 



FINANCIAL STATEMENT 1915. 



Sent up by the Churches this year i_$32.20 

Due Clerk for last year .80 

For minute and Associational purposes _$31.40 

For printing and mailing__ _^ __ __ __ __ __$20.00 

Allowance to Clerk 8.00 

Total expense $28.00 $28.00 

Left in Treasury __$ 3.40 



ABBESSES OP ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

Elder J. F. Mills, Route 1, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder J. E. Williams, Bloomington, N. C. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Concord, N. C. 
Elder H. M. Williams, Indian Trail, N. C. 
Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 
Elder B. L. Treece, Albemarle, N. C. 
Elder W. T. Broadway, Indian Trail, N. C. 

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NOTE—TO THE ASSOCIATION. 



Soon as possible I transcribed and prepared the manu- 
script of these minutes, and on investigation I found that I 
could not get the printing and binding done as cheaply as 
in the past, and assure you that after figuring with two dif- 
ferent printers I did the best I could. Remember also, that 
we have 900 copies this time. 

Your humble servant, 

J. W. JONES, Clerk, 

October 18, 1915. 



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